[OpenLayers-Dev] OpenLayers and accessibility

Eric Lemoine eric.lemoine at camptocamp.com
Tue Jan 31 10:47:32 EST 2012

Hi devs

Some of us at Camptocamp are currently extending an OpenLayers
application to make it accessible [*]. For this work we need to modify
OpenLayers in a number of areas. Here are the features/modifications
we are considering:

- navigate the map with the keyboard when the map div gets the focus
(currently the KeyboardDefaults control works with the document only)
- make the panel buttons accessible, by using appropriate markups
(<a>+<img> in place of <div>)
- add "alt" attributes to <img> elements

We'd like to avoid duplicated effort, so we're interested to know if
others are working, or have worked, on making OpenLayers more


[*] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_accessibility>

Eric Lemoine

Camptocamp France SAS
Savoie Technolac, BP 352
73377 Le Bourget du Lac, Cedex

Tel : 00 33 4 79 44 44 96
Mail : eric.lemoine at camptocamp.com

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